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Mexico denies Trump's claim of secret concessions in deal

11 June 2019

It has been two days since President Trump claimed in a tweet that there was a secret agreement between the US and Mexican governments, in addition to the deal that was announced Friday to avert Trump's threatened tariffs.

Stung by criticism that his deal to avert threatened Mexican tariffs mostly ramps up existing border efforts, President Donald Trump is insisting there's more to it than meets the eye.

The tariff would have been imposed Monday, but Trump said he reached a deal with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the nation to assist. It's all done. They have to get approval, and they will get approval. However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs - But I don't believe that will be necessary.

But Mexico has explicitly denied this, with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard saying Monday, "There is no other thing beyond what I have just explained".

Pompeo said the agreement "reflects diplomacy at its finest", and described it as "a significant win for the American people" Monday afternoon.

"But we purposely said we wouldn't mention it for a little while ..."

Mexico said it would deploy its National Guard throughout the country from Monday with 6,000 additional troops being sent to its southern border with Guatemala.

President Trump declined to say if Mexico, as part of their agreement with his administration, will become a safe third country for asylum seekers.

Mr. Pompeo said the number of people affected will rise from "a couple of hundred" a day to "several thousand per day". This is not the first time Mr Trump lashes out at France for its expensive wine.

"Nothing more than warmed-up leftovers", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.

"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump said on Twitter on Friday evening. "It's not fair, '" said Trump.

But as part of the 28-member Brussels bloc, France - despite being a major wine producer - does not set its own trade policy or tariffs.

Under the agreement, Mexico will rapidly expand a program under which migrants applying for asylum in the United States wait out the process in Mexico.

Critics say imposing tariffs is a relic of protectionist 19th century policies that disrupt markets and supply chains while imposing higher costs on US consumers down the line.

Any potential U.S. measure targeting French wine would in fact have to target the European Union, though, as the bloc is a common trade area.

Geoffrey T. Gertz, a fellow on global economy and development for the Brookings Institution, said Mr. Trump was risking foreign trading partners' goodwill by using access to the US economy as a cudgel.

'That's the agreement that everybody says I don't have, ' he said, refusing to unfold the page to show any text.

Ebrard told reporters the talks had focused on migration, not commerce, and hypothesized that Trump was calculating an economic boost resulting from his decision not to implement the tariffs.

USA border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

Mexico denies Trump's claim of secret concessions in deal